SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Militias, Counterinsurgency and Statebuilding in Afghanistan

Professor Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS) & Aziz Hakimi (PhD Candidate, SOAS)

Date: 20 February 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 20 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Launch Event


Much international effort and funding have focused on building and bureaucratizing the means of violence in Afghanistan. At the same time, parallel government and NATO experiments have armed local defense forces, including local militias, under the Afghan Local Police (ALP) program to fight the insurgency and provide security at the local level. This report entitled 'Counterinsurgency, Local militias and Statebuilding in Afghanistan' examines the role and impact of the ALP on security and political dynamics in the context of ongoing counterinsurgency, stabilization operations and the projected drawdown of international troops in 2014.

The report is based on the authors' recent research in Kabul and the provinces of Wardak, Baghlan, and Kunduz. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

About the Presenters

Jonathan Goodhand is a professor of conflict and development studies in the Development Studies Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. His research interests include the political economy of aid, conflict, and postwar reconstruction, with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Aziz Hakimi is a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London. His PhD research investigates the trajectories and impact of ALP on local security and political dynamics in central and northern Afghanistan.

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